One of the Department of Political Science's greatest strengths is its thriving intellectual community. We host several different colloquia focusing on a variety of topics: international relations, comparative politics, political theory, political methodology, public policy, political psychology, and power, equity, and diversity. In these workshops, graduate students and faculty from around the University can share and gain valuable feedback on works in progress. Furthermore, nationally and internationally renowned visiting scholars often present their work at these same workshops.

The Comparative Politics Colloquium is a forum for conversations about innovative approaches to the study of comparative politics. Each semester, we select several top scholars from a range of disciplines to invite to speak. We also provide a valuable forum for graduate students from within the department to present their work.

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Fall 2023 Organizers: None for 2023/2024

Faculty Advisor: David Samuels

Every year, graduate students in the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota put together a schedule of academic sessions relevant to political theory, in the form of paper presentations, roundtable discussions, and reading groups. Presenters are graduate students, department faculty, faculty from other cognate departments at the university, other local college faculty (Carleton, Macalester, St. Olaf, etc.), and the occasional out-of-town guest. Past guests have included Charles Mills (CUNY Graduate Center), Linda Zerilli (UChicago), Ernesto Laclau (Northwestern), Amitai Etzioni (George Washington), Wendy Brown (UC Berkeley), Bonnie Honig (Brown), and Nicholas Xenos (UMass Amherst).

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Fall 2023 Organizer: Katelyn Shepardson

Faculty Advisor: Arash Davari

Minnesota International Relations Colloquium (MIRC) is a series of informal seminars and presentations organized by University of Minnesota graduate students of International Relations. Since 1997, MIRC has served as an on-going forum for Minnesota students and faculty, and guests from other colleges and universities, to participate in academically informed and politically engaged conversations about theoretical and practical issues pertaining to international and global politics.

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Fall 2023 Organizer: Ricardo Jasso

Faculty Advisor: Mark Bell

The goal of the Political Methodology Colloquium is to provide a venue for the discussion of methodologically informed political science research. Each semester we invite a number of top scholars and graduate students from the University of Minnesota and the outside scholarly community to present on research topics related to either (1) political and social science methodology or (2) the application of these methods to questions of interest to political science at large.

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Fall 2023 Organizers: Dongwook Kim and Emily Kurtz

Faculty Advisor: John Freeman

The American Politics Colloquium provides a venue for presentations of new and innovative work relating to political institutions, public policies, and mass political behavior in American politics. The colloquium hosts several top scholars in the field throughout the year to present their latest work. In addition, the colloquium serves as a forum for Minnesota graduate students to present their on-going work and engage in substantive and methodological conversations pertaining to their work and current issues in American politics.

Fall 2023 Organizer: Emily Kurtz

Faculty Advisor: Kathryn Pearson

The Power, Equity, and Diversity (PED) Colloquium is held in the spring semester of every other academic year. It is a curated forum for moderated conversations about power, equity, and diversity. Our objective is to workshop ideas on these topics as they relate to the study of politics, and thus to foster meaningful and cutting-edge research in political science and beyond. 

Each session promises to feature select University of Minnesota faculty from across subfields in the Department of Political Science in conversation with faculty from other social science and humanities disciplines on our campus and/or guests from other institutions. Sessions will be organized around a specific problem and a set of guiding questions. Possible topics for the upcoming spring 2024 colloquium include: approaches to comparison across the social science and humanities; policing and higher education; war, women, and memory; and the environment and the state.

Faculty Organizer: Arash Davari

Fall 2023 Schedule

9/11 MIRC: Initial introductory meeting.
9/15 PTC: Opening Roundtable: "Collective Action, Populism, and Revolution."
9/22 MPMC: Dr. Jared Edgerton. "Mapping Rebellion: Networks of civilian and state violence during civil conflicts."
9/29 APC: Emily Kurtz and Dr. Jane Sumner
10/2 CPC & MIRC: Tyler Jost, Brown University. "Noisy Negotiations: Leaders, Bureaucracy, and Reliable Communication in International Politics."

MPMC: Dr. Josef Woldense

PTC: Ajay Skaria, History & Global Studies, UMN. "Conscience, Principle, and Democracy: Thinking with Ambedkar."

10/13:  APC: Dr. Howie Lavine
10/16 CPC & MIRC: Ibrahim Oker, University of Minnesota. "The Historical Origins of Generous Authoritarian Welfare States."
10/20 PTC: Naveed Mansoori, Princeton University. "Truth's Mediums: Populism, Critical Theory, and the Group of 53 in Iran."
10/27 APC: Dr. Ellen Key
10/30 CPC & MIRC: Danielle Gilbert, Northwestern University.
11/3 CPC & PTC: Reading session: "Extractivism and Populism." Readings will include published and forthcoming works by Professor Angélica María Bernal.

APC: Dr. Kevin Reuning

CPC & PTC: Angélica Bernal, UMass-Amherst.

11/13 CPC & MIRC: Rachel Myrick, Duke University. "Today Ukraine, Tomorrow Taiwan? Assessing Transferability of US Reputation for Resolve across International Crises" (co-authored with Chen Wang).
11/17 MPMC: Carl Graefe
12/1 APC, CPC, & PTC: Dr. August Nimtz & Kyle Edwards, Political Science, UMN. Roundtable discussion for the launch of their book, The Revolutionary Socialist and the Radical Liberal in the Second American Revolution: Comparing Karl Marx and Frederick Douglass in Real-Time. Additionally co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science, Department of African American and African Studies, and Department of History.
12/8 MPMC: Adam Le
12/11 MIRC: Proliferation game, led by Nisha Fazal.
12/15 MPMC:  Dr. Paul Goren